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Published: Wednesday, July 13 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

My problem is that Hatch changes his skin whenever it is self-serving. His latest efforts to identify with the tea party are disheartening and show a lack of principle and integrity. Unfortunately, Utah will likely elect someone far more conservative, which harm our interests even more. The pendulum has swung too far to the right.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

There will come a day when he has to be replaced. No one lives forever. What happens then? Are we just "kicking the can" down the road. Are we just putting off the inevitable?

He can't serve forever. Someday someone will have to take his seat.

The time to do that is now. He is not the only person in Utah who is qualified to be a Senator. He is not the only civic minded citizen. He is not the only person who can act on behalf of Utah. He is not irreplaceable.

It's not the tea party that thinks he has served long enough. It's the average citizen, people like me, who appreciate what he has done, but know that thirty-six years is sufficient time to serve the State.

Blaming the tea party for his opposition is a ruse. Those of us who have watched him for years know that he has been ineffective. He has not rallied the other Senators for the cause of good. He only turns into a true conservative while he is on the campaign trail.

It's time for a new Senator from Utah.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

You're a business man and Hatch devotes tons of time to businesses in the US.

The problem is he's forgotten that he represents Citizens (real people) and that businesses are NOT people.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Mr. Hatch is a very good man. He has served Utah well. At the end of this term he will have served for 36-years. There is much to admire but there are some difficult questions that must be asked.

Why does he want to serve another term? Some may think that that is a strange question, after all Mr. Hatch is a politician and politicians run for office. It's in their blood. Some call it Potomac fever. I think it may be more related to pride. Mr. Hatch seems to look down on anyone who wants to run for that office. He gives us the impression that he thinks everyone else is somehow inferior to him. He gives us the impression that he thinks that he is the only person in Utah who can sit in that chair and hold the title of Senator.

I see that as coveting the office. Between pride and coveting, he has disqualified himself for service.

Perhaps the more important point is that he falters when he answers simple questions. Listen to him on radio interviews. It is clear that he is easily confused.

It's time to send someone else to Washington.

isrred
Logan, UT

I agree, it's time for Hatch to go. That is why I will be voting for Jim Matheson for my next Senator.

goitalone
w bountiful, ut

Never thought I'd see the day when Mike Richards and Esquire would be in agreement on the same issue, or that I'd agree with them both. Apparently Senator Hatch does have the ability to bring opposing sides together, even if only on the issue of him being in the senate too long and too ineffectively.

Senator Hatch was once referred to as the "Lion of the Senate", but that was before he decided to blur the lines between his conservative roots and his desire for power. His ability to be a friend too all only brought out the old adage, "When you try to be all things to all people, you end up being nothing to everybody."

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

There's no vendetta -- it's just time.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Hatch has been remarkably consistant over the years. He has always said that the Senate needs more conservatives. The fact that he has at times compromised with the democrats doesn't make him bad. He has diluted much bad legislation over the years that could have been much, much worse if the democrats would have gotten their way. A prime example of that is CHIP. CHIP is a government program that actually works in the way intended. When the democrats attempted to expand it a few years ago, Hatch got it defeated even though he was one of the original sponsors of CHIP. He defeated it to keep the program as originally intended, not expand it.

If Obama gets a second term (hopefully not) Hatch would be a good asset in the Senate. If Obama loses then Hatch will still wield a lot of power and influence.

On the other hand, when Hatch was first elected in 1976, Jake Garn was the senior senator with a whopping 2 years of experience. Utah didn't seem to suffer with two rookies back then.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'I have known Sen. Orrin Hatch since 1976.' - Article

*'Hatch proposes drug testing for welfare, unemployment recipients' - KSL News - 06/16/10
"We should not be giving cash to people who basically are going to go and blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children." - Sen. Orrin Hatch

*'Sen. Orrin Hatch utters profanity about President Obama's health care reform' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 03/01/11
'...so much so that, during a recent appearance at Utah State University, Utah's senior senator used profane language to describe the reform law.'

*'Hatch, Republicans challenge (Bush) tax cut expiration' - By Becky Bruce, Deseret News - 12/01/10

I do not like Hatch for many reasons. He has served for 36 years and claims he is part of the 'solution' to the problems we face.

After serving for over 3. Decades.

Hatch's first platform was term limits.

I was born in 1978.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mike Richards | 6:38 a.m. July 13, 2011
South Jordan, Utah

Blaming the tea party for his opposition is a ruse. Those of us who have watched him for (36) years know that he has been ineffective. He has not rallied the other Senators for the cause of good. He only turns into a true conservative while he is on the campaign trail.

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Nice rant.
So tells us, as a card carrying Republican -- why do you keep voting for him?

The blood is on Your hands.

[I smell a hypocrite.]

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Where has Orrin been since Ted Kennedy died? What meaningful legislation has he passed without the assistance of Kennedy? Having said this, be careful of what we wish for. The extreme doesn't represent anyone except themselves and I know Utahns are more reasonable than that. Placating the extreme is a major reason for the state of things in Washington today.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

"J Thompson" Agreed!

I would like to see Sen. Hatch explain EXACTLY WHY he still wants to be a Senator.

Is it for the front row seating at Jazz games?
Is it for the front row seating at Gen'l Conference? (I've witnessed both)

Or is it an extreme sense of patriotism to accomplish things for his country in general and his state in particular?

I honestly don't know!

Quite conceivably he wouldn't run for office again (assuming he IS elected in 2012)so what reason would he have to NOT vote with Democrats when faced with
Senate stalemates?

I'm divided because I don't see Sen. Hatch as being anywhere near the RINO as Bennett.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

Did anyone read the DesNews article about a leader of the Utah Tea Party who Hatch calls to get his opinion before every major vote? So why would the Tea Party try to get rid of him when they have that kind of access? Hatch could be one of the most powerful people in the senate if he is re-elected and Republicans win a majority. If the Tea Party in Utah wants a voice in the senate, Hatch could potentially be far more effective than a junior senator.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Seniority is over-rated, especially when seniority accompanies an absence of fighting for principle.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, Hatch has done a lot of good. But in more recent years he has sometimes strayed from his conservative roots and buddied up to liberal senators in various big-government causes. Then he has come home and condescendingly scolded us when we disapprove.

Now he's appearing conservative again - especially after seeing what happened to Senator Bennett. Personally, I don't trust him, because I don't think conservatism is in his heart any more, and I think we're naïve if we re-elect him.

I'd rather have a senator who is conservative through and through, not one who merely becomes conservative when re-election time rolls around. To me that's much more important than whatever "clout" Hatch may currently have.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Invisible Hand: Yes, I read the recent article about Hatch and the Tea Party. It's a good sign, but it wasn't enough to overcome my uneasiness about him. I still don't trust that Hatch would REMAIN conservative after the election. If he wins, he probably won't run again in 6 years, so we immediately lose all leverage unless in his heart he's truly committed to conservative principles.

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